News is not free

Journalist MurderedInformation wanted to be free and digital technologies came to the rescue. Suddenly everybody got a lot more freedom: newsmakers, advertisers and, especially, the people formerly known as the audience. Digital technologies have made citizen journalism possible and the boundaries of journalism have become blurred. Journalism is in disarray. Everything we knew about it needs to be rethought in the Digital Age.

Everything?

I would say one thing has not changed and it very likely won’t change. Searching for and uncovering matter that is truly newsworthy is by no means free. And I do not only mean paying for travel and expenses. I mean that going all the way to digging for the truth in the face of the established power, may be life threatening. Not in vain:

News is something somebody doesn’t want printed; all else is advertising. (William Randolph Hearst)

News is not free

1013 journalists have been killed since 1992 (44 in 2013), according to Committee to Protect Journalists. 683 of them were murdered.

A retweet won’t make you a journalist, but pay attention: there may be some real news lurking among the tweets.

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